An experienced dentist, Dr. Robert Madden treats patients with periodontal disease and other oral health problems at Southwest Family Dentistry, located about 20 minutes from Denver, Colorado. Before establishing his private practice, Dr. Robert Madden earned his DDS from the University of Nebraska. Years later, he graduated with an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Periodontal disease, also known as “periodontitis” or “gum disease,” develops when colonies of bacteria establish themselves in the mouth, resulting in tissue damage over time. It can get serious enough to cause tooth loss. Before patients progress to full-blown periodontitis, they may exhibit gingivitis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the gums.
Sometimes, surgical care is necessary to address periodontitis properly. However, in other cases, dentists can take a more conservative, non-surgical approach: scaling and root planing. The procedure rids the teeth’s root surfaces of plaque and tartar buildup. Dentists may follow up with additional therapy, such as the administration of antibiotics, if indicated.
Robert Madden, DDS, a dentist who cares for patients in and around Denver, Colorado, practices preventive dentistry at Southwest Family Dentistry. Dr. Robert Madden is also a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he earned an MBA.
When dentists ask that their patients see them regularly, even when they’re not experiencing worrisome symptoms, they do so in the hope of preventing them from developing tooth and gum disease in the first place. During annual or semi-annual visits, dentists examine teeth for early signs of decay or gingivitis. They may even X-ray teeth and jaws. These efforts give them the opportunity to address disease before it grows out of control.
Moreover, dentists offer cleanings that go above and beyond patients’ brushing and flossing. Such cleanings often involve scraping tartar from the teeth. Tartar buildup damages and discolors teeth over time.
Finally, regular dental checkups allow oral health professionals to build relationships with their patients. Through these relationships, patients can have their questions answered and providers can educate them on matters such as flossing and the warning signs of gum disease.